Museum Info

Boonshoft Museum of

2600 DeWeese Parkway
Dayton, OH 45414
(937) 275-7431
Fax (937) 275-5811
TTY (937) 278-6076

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Monday – Saturday
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

Closed: New Year's Eve, New Year's Day, Thanksgiving, Chistmas Eve, Christmas Day, Easter

Please note: The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery will be CLOSED on December 24 & 25 in celebration of the holiday. The Museum will reopen on December 26 during regular hours of operation. 

General Admission

Children (3-16) $10.00
Seniors (60+) $11.00
Adults $13.00
Children under 3 and members are FREE.
Help us create a fun, safe environment for all our visitors! Children under 16 should always be accompanied by an adult in the Museum.
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Permanent Exhibits

The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery is a children’s museum, science/technology center, and accredited zoo and also houses a Planetarium and an observatory. Visitors of all ages can explore, play and be inspired by permanent exhibits which include the Bernouilli Blower, Explorers Crossing, the Water Table, the Color Wall, a pioneer cabin, and over 60 animals native to Ohio.

Exoplanets Exploration

The Boonshoft Museum's newest permanent exhibition allows guests reach beyond the planets that orbit our Sun to discover more than 1,500 extrasolar planets that have unlimited possibilities.


Splash your way through this exhibition that explores the story of water in the Miami Valley!  Discover more about our local aquifers, learn about conservation efforts and what you can do to preserve this natural resource, and even explore water careers.



Science On a Sphere®

Science On a Sphere®This 68-inch diameter globe, suspended in mid-air, takes visitors on a dynamic tour of Earth and space! Explore the darkest reaches of the space and discover some of the most breathtaking astronomical phenomena in the galaxy. Then view an astonishing array of visualizations showing Earth’s atmosphere, oceans and land.


Hall of the Universe

Hall of the UniverseHave you ever questioned our place in the universe? Study astronomy in the Hall of the Universe, where a stroll through the cosmos lets you touch the moon, learn about our galaxy, and explore the beautiful, intriguing complexities of space. 


Learn more about Astronomy at the Boonshoft Museum.

Discovery Zoo

Why do animals look the way they do? From a skunk’s stripe to a kinkajou’s prehensile tail, learn why each creature has its own special shapes, colors and adaptations. Encounter animals from across the globe as you meet Meerkats, get a closer look a prickly Prehensile Tailed Porcupines, and come face-to-face with the Museum's beloved River Otters, Shiloh and Sushi..
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Oscar Boonshoft Science Central

Oscar Boonshoft Science CentralConstruct a perfect pinecone birdfeeder! Get in a sticky situation by concocting some gooey slime. Make it snow in August! In Oscar Boonshoft Science Central, hands-on science makes everything possible—and fun.


Explorers Crossing

Explorers CrossingDo some grocery shopping, become a veterinarian, tune up a car, preside over a trial, and learn the importance of recycling—it’s all part of the educational fun of Explorers Crossing, where kids discover their potential to be whatever they dream of.


MeadWestvaco Tree House

Mead Tree HouseA remarkable permanent exhibit space, the Mead Treehouse is just that: a fully-enclosed treehouse that extends beyond the traditional walls of the Museum to grant better access to the natural world. While inside, learn about environmental preservation, enjoy a story hour, do some bird watching, and even catch an animal talk featuring one of the Museum’s resident animals.

Kids' Playce (for toddlers)

That Kids' Playce (for toddlers)Are you looking for a safe, hands-on play area for your youngest ones? That Kids’ Playce provides an expansive, sheltered place for fun, interactive activity for children ages 6 and younger.

Note: Kids' Playce is getting a makeover! This Exhibit will be under construction beginning April 29 with plans to reopen mid-summer.


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Under Construction

  • Kids' Playce is currently under construction. Look for brand new additions to this exhibit starting in the fall through early 2016!

What is your favorite exhibit at the Museum?

Science On a Sphere® - 23.3%
Water Properties Table - 20.3%
Cassano’s Pizza Kitchen - 21.6%
Recycling Center - 16.6%
The Courthouse - 8.5%